But historically, Christianity has enforced those same 3 basics time and time again.
Sharia would demand three things (for starters) of all persons, either convert, pay jizya, or be killed. Christianity doesn't do that.
Wow...and How... :-(
I personally feel that the freedom of a society is inversely proportional to the level of involuntary compliance demanded by it.
The path to state religion is paved with religious laws. How is our governance superior to Sharia if it shares the same basis?
I spent 2/3's of my life studying christianity, first pentecostal and then southern baptist. It was working in the church behind the scenes that finally killed my faith.
Back to reality. What meaningful, productive legislation has the state legislature accomplished in the past three years? Culture warrior stuff doesn't count.
First, I would ban anyone whose name began with a cli.
Second, nationalized health care.
Third, universal conscription with some leeway as to when the 2 years is served.
Fourth, jobs in lieu of welfare.
Fifth, if armed conflict is called for all effort must be made to kill heads of state rather than collateral damage/murder.
Sixth, eliminate tax exemptions, write offs, corporate welfare etc. Run businesses like a business.
There is a few more, but I got a beer on ice.
[The driving force behind Atwater's museum boils down to one belief: "We haven't taught our history," she says. Atwater argues that schools Shelby County Schools in particular do not teach Black history in its entirety.]
["What do I mean by that? Look around. It's Black History Month in Memphis, Tennessee, and it's like a ghost town. You aren't hearing anything about events or commemorations on TV. "]
[laughs] Have you read the papers or turned on the t.v. this week?
[So here we go again, committing the same sins of the past. Once you do not acknowledge the African-American people, then you make them obsolete."]
Wtf is that supposed to mean?
["They didn't tell me about the lynchings, they didn't tell me about the rapes, and they didn't tell me about the amount of hatred placed upon African Americans," she says. "I think, in a way, they wanted to preserve my innocence as a child."]
["I have to give the Jewish communities credit, because they teach their children the complete history of their people at a very early age," she notes. "That's what missing in the African-American community and in the United States. How are we going to rectify this? There's no simple answer. But you cannot tell the history of the African American without talking about the suffering."]
Maybe because the Jews, arguably the most persecuted people in history, acknowledged their
past, moved on..and became some of the most prosperous people in history. Therein lies the difference. The black community is still harping on their past, wallering in victimhood...still stuck on stupid.
[In her view, Black Americans in Memphis at least are not yet free. "We spent $250 million on Bass Pro, and right down the street in North Memphis, you have senior citizens barely keeping up with their taxes and eating cat food, because that's all they have. That's not equality, and this life in Memphis is no joke."]
So CL, if you were a political consultant, how would you fix the democratic party?
I don't agree with anything much you say, including your latest, and my personal faith is none of your business.
Neither did I doubt the veracity of the biblical account of the relationship between the Jews and the Roman empire. I only stated it was not the the typical relationship between the Empire and its conquered territories. The vast majority of the conquered territories knew full well what was going to happen if they did not comply, so they did so.
Thanks for the biblical quote, but I cannot understand its relationship to the issue we are discussing.
As I stated quite clearly, the ceremonies required by the Romans to deify the Emperor were only an act of civil obedience in nature and, what is most important, were recognized as such at the time by both parties.
Yeah, what an asshole.
So you agree with all my supporting facts, but not my tone?
Pointing out that forced (although only vainly) religious compliance was factually used by the Romans predating Christianity, and then doubled down after the conversion to Christianity as a State religion only seems to reinforce my argument.
Also, the fact that you yourself doubt the veracity of the Biblical account of the Romans seems to agree with my points as well.
If you are a practicing Christian, you know that the Bible proscribes denials of faith
"32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."
Are you, by chance, a practicing Christian?
2 out of 6 ain't bad for you.
I guess you're gonna pick and choose the laws you want enforced. If the prosecution of six officers in Baltimore wasn't incompetent, wouldn't they be in jail. Whose side are you on?
Lack of ethics as opposed to .....
Lack of leadership means you never went to a Bernie rally.
No direction? It's near the bottom of Manhattan, ya can't miss it.
Don't get me started on the Emperor Constantine.
I think we all know why the democratic party is in the ICU, but just to be sure, I will jot down a quick list of what is ailing them:
1. Disrespect of the working class, especially the white working class that Hillary referred to as a list of deplorables.
2. Losing focus on family economic issues. Wasn't it Bill back in '92 that came up with the slogan, "it's the economy, stupid?"
3. Anti law enforcement at best, and a flat out war on law enforcement at worst. Think Ferguson, (Ferguson effect), totally incompetent prosecution of six officers in Baltimore, etc.
4. Lack of leadership in all levels of the democratic party.
5. Lack of ethics.
6. Total splintering, with no core direction.
There is a few more, but I got a meeting to go to.
It would be of great benefit to your credibility if you at least knew something about what you post. Imperial Rome did not use religion to subjugate their colonies. Imperial Rome did not much care one way or another what religions their colonies practiced as long as those colonies did three things: keep order, pay their taxes and do ritualistic lip service to the Emperor's deity. That last requirement was civic in nature, not to be taken seriously as a religious act and everybody knew it. The expansionist and colonization phase of Roman rule was long past when Constantine adopted Christianity as the state region in the 4th Century AD. The biblical account of Roman rule in Judea cannot be taken as representative of the empire since the Jews were not willing to do any of those three things. Jews were the exception and payed a high price for their failure to submit.
People who claim to be Christian don't really believe in God so much as the existence of God is extremely useful when appeals to authority aren't held to the standards of elementary logic. If appeals to authority aren't immediately rejected for being classically fallacious, then the only thing that trumps and appeal to authority is the Ultimate Authority, God, whom they just happen to know personally, didn't you know.
But hey, everybody already knows how I feel about Imperial Rome using religion to subjugate their colonies. Oops, did I say Imperial Rome? I meant Nashville. It's insulting to Imperial Rome to compare the two: at least a Roman Holiday doesn't sound like a kicked hound dog.
So I don't have to slow down now for those anti-abortion protestors when I turn into Planned Parenthood anymore? Ok.
What I find so galling is the mean spiritedness of the proceedings in Nashville. The more they profess their religious faith the more pious and evil they become. Never on display: God's mercy and love.
Here it is: a fine reminder of the many talented people and organizations that make living in Memphis worthwhile during difficult times.
Kudos to the Flyer for giving Mr. Wiggins the space to remind us all.
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